BBC Kent reported today that Kent Police Authority has lost its fight to prevent Government funding cuts for community police officers. Kent Police force had budgeted for an extra 474 community officers by April 2008 but will now only be able to deploy 273 after a lower settlement was announced in November. Whilst community officers are no substitute for real police officers, they provide an invaluable service in neighbourhood policing and Kent Police were right to try and increase their numbers across the borough. However, the Government have made major funding cuts which ultimately jeopardise Kent Police's attempts to cut crime and put ordinary people at risk.
If the Government hadn't wasted £2m on reorganising Whitehall Departments, as outlined HERE, maybe we could have had funding for a few more police officers!